Main Speaker


Brice is pastor and church planter of Garden City Church in Jamaica Plain, MA.  He has been serving in local church and parachurch ministries for ten years. While completing his BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University, he helped plant a Redeemer City to City church in West Palm Beach, FL. Moving to Boston in 2013, Brice completed his M.A. in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary while working at Citylife Presbyterian Church and The Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell. Brice and his wife, Leona, live in Boston with their one-year-old daughter, Grayce.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

One Life (Believing) - What does it mean to be truly and In a world filled with filters, how can we tell who or what is real? In this talk, we will meet Brice Williams and have the opportunity to listen to his own journey as we begin to explore together this one life we have and how our beliefs shape us.

One Body (Belonging) - What does it mean to belong? The church has long identified itself as the ‘body of Christ’ but what does that really mean in my everyday life? This talk explores the ‘we’ of Christianity and situates us with a people in a story much larger and more beautiful than our own.

One Calling (Becoming) - What does it mean to be ‘called by God’ to go somewhere or to do something? How can I tell if I’m on the right path, or if I’ve really heard his voice? In this final talk, we will walk into the mystery of calling together and explore some of its qualities.


Seminar Speakers


Until 2011, Judge Herman J. Smith, Jr. (ret.) sat as an associate justice of the Superior Court, to which he was appointed in 1994. Previously he was an associate justice of the Housing Court, City of Boston Division, to which he was appointed in 1990. From 1979 through 1990 he was an associate clinical professor at Boston University School of Law.  Herman earned a B.A. from Gordon College in 1970 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1974. He was an adjunct professor of law at Boston University School of Law from 1990 to 2000.  As an adjunct professor he taught upper level seminars on race-conscious remedies under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, housing law, and trial advocacy.  In addition, he taught at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, at the one week long sessions offered in 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1993. He has served as faculty in various National Institute of Trial Advocacy courses for several years.

Over his career, Herman belonged to numerous professional associations including the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Christian Legal Society, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court First Circuit, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  He has been guest speaker for various organizations.

He is a 1970 graduate of Gordon College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law in 1974.  In 1992 he was honored by Gordon College as Alumnus of the Year.  He has served on The Gordon College Board of Trustees since 1983 and currently sits as Chairman.  Since February 2016 he has been serving his second term at Park Street Church as Moderator of the Board of Elders. His first term as Moderator was 2007—2010.  He has been attending Park Street Church since 1999 and a member since 2002.


Heidi Lee is a mother, art educator, advocate for the unhoused, and practicing artist. She is the Artist in Residence for the Common Art program, where she artistically guides and instructs participants affected by homelessness. She also coordinates many exhibits for the program throughout the Boston/Cambridge area. She founded the visual arts program at Boston Trinity Academy, a middle to high school for urban teens. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Gordon College and a Master of Education with a concentration in Visual Arts from Lesley University. She has an installation sculpture in Charlton, MA, and her first one woman art exhibit was at the Harvard Education Portal for several months during the fall of 2013.


Tara Hong is an in-home family therapist who works with children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. Living rooms, kitchens, playrooms, and backyards are her office. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2014, studying psychology, education studies and anthropology and this past summer graduated from Smith College School for Social Work. She has a big heart for adoptees and children in foster care.

Tara accepted Christ in 2004 at her very first ARISE summer retreat “Revolutionary Love”, and has been blessed in many ways through this ministry as a student, counselor and youth group teacher. She is currently living in Waltham and attending Citylife Church in Boston.